Hot topics in food microbiology

Hot topics in food microbiology

10 October 2024

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What’s hot in food microbiology? Food poisoning and spoilage caused by microbiological issues represent a significant risk in terms of time, costs and potential damage to the brand.

Whether you are involved in the microbiological testing of food or oversee the hygiene and safety of food production, this popular annual conference will look at topical areas of concern and keep delegates up to date with the latest information and thinking.

Who should attend?

This is a must attend conference for food and beverage industry microbiologists, technical managers, food manufacturers, quality assurance personnel, food safety managers, buyers etc.

Event Director

Fiona Cawkell


Thursday 10 October

Time Presentation
08:45 Registration and arrival refreshments
09:10 Welcome and Chairman’s introduction
Greg Jones, Campden BRI
09:25 Insights into the mechanisms of Cronobacter sakazakii virulence
Katie Phair, South East Technological University, Ireland
10:05 Pathogen surveillance in agriculture, food and environment (PATH-SAFE) programme
Dr Ed Haynes, FERA
10:45 Refreshment break and an opportunity to view the exhibits
11:05 Recent outbreaks and lessons learnt
Dr Marie Chattaway, UKHSA
11:45 Hot News! an update on our sponsors products
12:30 Lunch and an opportunity to view the exhibits
13:20 Listeria monocytogenes persistence in food production environments: a genomic and metagenomic perspective
Dr Maria Diaz, Quadram Institute
This presentation explores the persistence of Listeria monocytogenes in food production environments through the lenses of genomics and metagenomics technologies. By utilizing these cutting-edge technologies, we will uncover the genetic adaptations and microbial ecosystem that enable Listeria monocytogenes to thrive in these settings. The findings aim to enhance our understanding of the pathogen's survival strategies and inform improved intervention methods to ensure food safety and public health protection.
14:00 E. coli STEC – The current situation, the science and legislation
Cedric Gerard, Food Safety Microbiology Team, Nestle Research Centre
14:40 Refreshment break and an opportunity to view the exhibits
14:55 Monitoring product freshness with electrical gas sensors in packs
Max Grell, Blakbear Ltd
15:25 Use of bacteriophage for biocontrol strategies
Annette Sansom, Campden BRI
16:00 Q&A and Chairman’s closing comments


Greg Jones, Campden BRI

Greg started at Campden BRI in 2006 and has had a broad range of experience and influence, primarily across providing microbiology support to clients and leading research projects. Greg’s PhD was within the field of Molecular Microbiology and he also has a BSc(Hons) in Biotechnology.

Annette Sansom, Campden BRI

Annette has a wealth of knowledge and experience from working at Campden BRI since 1998, always within Microbiology.

Annette’s food and drink industry interests are: microbiology including bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa; food safety; food spoilage; fresh produce microbiology including vertical farming and methods to describe microbial populations.

Dr Maria Diaz, Quadram Institute

Dr Maria Diaz is a Research Scientist in the 'Microbes and Food Safety' program at the Quadram Institute Bioscience in Norwich. Dr Diaz is interested in understanding the microbial populations present in food and food processing environments and how they interact to survive in these environments, posing safety or spoilage risks. She is particularly interested in understanding the microbial traits of Listeria that contribute to its significant risk as a foodborne contaminant and the interactions of Listeria with other microbial populations that support its survival in food processing environments.

Dr Diaz holds a PhD and Master’s degree in Food Biotechnology from the University of Oviedo, Spain, where she focused on the characterization of spoilage bacteria in traditional dairy products.

Please note copies of the presentations will not be available on the day but a recording of the event will be made available within a few days of the event for registered delegates.

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